Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Head = Melon?

A passel of newly cataloged items for the PNW Archives Collection came over to the History of Medicine Room this morning, including a spiral-bound workbook titled Family adventures in safe transportation: a workbook for use by children and their parents. Developed by Think First Oregon & Oregon Health & Science University, the workbook helps kids learn the rules of the road, whether walking, biking, or riding in a vehicle. The booklet contains this memorable activity (click for a larger image):

which reminded me of this story from the BBC, reporting on the growing use of dried melons as helmets in Nigeria, which just passed a bike helmet law. I guess the head-as-melon analogy can, in fact, be taken too far.

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